Library of Ethics and Applied Philosophy

From Reasons to Norms

On the Basic Question in Ethics

Authors: Tännsjö, Torbjörn

  • Offers a timely reaction to the "turn to reasons" in moral philosophy
  • Takes the reader back to the basic normative question
  • Defends a realist conception of the ought-question
  • Boldly claims that the only unique question in ethics is: "What ought to be done?"
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About this book

This book originated from a discussion between the author, Derek Parfit and Wlodek Rabinowicz, and further developed in correspondence and intense discussions with Wlodek Rabinowics and John Broome. The author disputes the recent trend in metaethics that focuses on reasons rather than norms. The reader is invited to take a new look at the traditional metaethical questions of moral semantics, ontology, and epistemology.

The author mainly concerns himself with particular aspects of these problems: Which are the problems of morality? Are there many different moral questions, or, do they all, in the final analysis, reduce to one? The bold claim made in this book is that there is just one: What ought to be done? Moreover, there is just one source of normativity, just one kind of 'ought'-question, which lends itself to an objectively correct and authoritative answer.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Tännsjö, Torbjörn

    Pages 1-9

  • The Humean Notion of Practical Reasons

    Tännsjö, Torbjörn

    Pages 11-25

  • The Moral Notion of Practical Reason

    Tännsjö, Torbjörn

    Pages 27-40

  • In Defence of Moral Realism

    Tännsjö, Torbjörn

    Pages 41-58

  • Some Consequences of Moral Realism

    Tännsjö, Torbjörn

    Pages 59-74

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eBook $159.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
From Reasons to Norms
Book Subtitle
On the Basic Question in Ethics
Authors
Series Title
Library of Ethics and Applied Philosophy
Series Volume
22
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-3285-0
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-3285-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-3284-3
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3149-3
Series ISSN
1387-6678
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 168
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